East Glacier resident Brian Gallup is seeking to unseat incumbent Glacier County Commissioner Tom McKay in the upcoming primary election. Gallup filed as a Democrat for the position of District II County Commissioner on Monday, Feb. 24, reported County Elections Administrator Crystal Cole.

Incumbent Glacier County District Court Clerk Janine Scott filed for re-election on Jan. 9, and McKay filed for another term on Friday, Jan. 24. Both filed as Democrats.

Glacier County’s primary election will be held on June 2, 2020. Anyone interested in running for one of the two Glacier County offices up for election in 2020 can file a “Declaration For Nomination” at the Glacier County Clerk and Recorder’s office now through March 9, 2020. 

Commissioner candidates must live within the boundaries of District II to file for the position. Candidates are encouraged to verify they live within the boundaries with the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office prior to filing.

Commissioner District II is made up of voting precincts 10, 8, 7 and part of precinct 5, which is only everything south of U.S. Highway 2. District II does not include precincts 9, 13, 12 or 21C, which are located in Browning.

A Commissioner candidate must be a registered elector residing in the District II and in Glacier County for two years prior to the general election. A commissioner’s term of office is six years. The filing fee for this position is .5% of the annual salary of $48,641.32, which is $243.21.

All candidates for county office must be at least 18 years of age, a registered voter in Glacier County and a citizen of Montana. 

The filing fee for Clerk of District Court is .5% of the annual salary of $48,641.32, which amounts to $243.21.

Anyone having questions relating to the elections is encouraged to stop in the Clerk and Recorder’s office or call 873-3609. Election Administrator Crystal Cole and Election Assistant Melanie Heavy Runner are also available to answer questions at 873-3604 and 873-8560, respectively.

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